Textile Rubber & Chemical Company Awards Two Full College Scholarships

Dalton, Georgia… Each year Textile Rubber & Chemical Company awards two (2) full college scholarships to children of TRCC employees who are graduating high school seniors. The Joseph E. Willard Memorial Scholarship was established in 1984 in memory of Joe Willard, Harvey Howalt’s longtime assistant who supported education within the company and the community. The Ray N. Taylor Memorial Scholarship was established in 2013 in memory of Ray Taylor, a long-time Company President and close friend to Mr. Howalt.

The full scholarship amount pays four years of college tuition, room and board within the University of Georgia system, or an amount equivalent for out of state recipients. The amount is based on the average cost to attend University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Georgia College and State University, which is currently $23,000 per year. At this time, TRCC has eight (8) active scholarships and has paid out more than $200,000 so far in 2017.

Textile Rubber and Chemical Company awarded this year’s Joseph E. Willard Scholarship to William Gage Smith. Gage is a senior at North Murray High School and plans to use his scholarship to attend Georgia Southern University in Statesboro majoring in Computer Science.

Gage is the son of Harry & Rebecca Smith. Harry has been employed at Textile Rubber & Chemical Company’s Transport Division for 19 years.

Gage is the thirty-third recipient of the Willard Memorial Scholarship.

The Ray N. Taylor Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Madelyn Phillips. Madelyn is a senior at Murray County High School in Chatsworth. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega and major in English Education.

Madelyn is the daughter of Brian and Deloris Phillips. Brian has been with Perpetual Machine Company (a division of Textile Rubber & Chemical Company) for 24 years.

Madelyn is the fourth recipient of the Ray N. Taylor Memorial Scholarship.

Congratulations to Gage and Madelyn.


Recipient (seated) Gage Smith, back (L-R), Jeff Morrow, Selection Committee Member, Kim Bailey, Scholarship Committee Chairperson, Harry & Rebecca Smith (parents).


(L-R) Brian & Deloris Phillips (parents), Madelyn, Dennie Taylor & Mike Taylor (wife & son of the late Ray N. Taylor.)